Island Hopping is 'best beer in Scotland'

A beer from Orkney’s Swannay Brewery has been named the best in Scotland at a major national event.

Island Hopping has claimed the title of Overall Champion Cask Beer at the SIBA Scotland Independent Beer Awards in Glasgow.

Swannay Brewery's Butch Lynch (left) picking up the Overall Champion Cask Beer Award at the SIBA Scotland event Swannay Brewery's Butch Lynch (left) picking up the Overall Champion Cask Beer Award at the SIBA Scotland event

Described as a ‘hoppy session beer’, Island Hopping is part of the Brewery’s core range and uses pale malt and lots of New Zealand hops to create its distinctive taste.

The beer was just one that brought success to Swannay on the night. The Brewery also received gold awards for its Scapa Special and Barrel Aged Orkney Porter (2014 Arran edition).

There were silver medals for its Duke IPA and Dark Munro, plus a bronze medal for its Pale Ale.

The Swannay Brewery in Orkney The Swannay Brewery in Orkney

The Orkney Brewery also came home from the event with a number of awards. The Quoyloo-based brewery took gold in the Small Pack Standard Bitters and Pale Ales section for its Red MacGregor.

There was also a silver medal for its 3 Sisters and bronze awards for the same beer, along with its Dark Island Reserve and Latitude.

Red MacGregor from the Orkney Brewery claimed gold in the Small Packs Standard Bitters and Pale Ales section Red MacGregor from the Orkney Brewery claimed gold in the Small Packs Standard Bitters and Pale Ales section

‘We’re incredibly proud that a beer from the islands has been named as the Overall Champion in Scotland,’ said Development Manager for Orkney Food and Drink, Edgar Balfour. ‘The title is the perfect reward for all the hard work put in by the small and talented team at the Swannay Brewery over recent years. Along with the Orkney Brewery, eleven individual awards came back to Orkney at the event and that showcases the commitment and skill there is to making the best beer here in the islands.’

Find out more about the Swannay Brewery and the Orkney Brewery via the Orkney Food and Drink website.

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